This Is The Ideal Age To Get Married, According To Math

Diply 8 May 2018

So you're in a committed long-term relationship. At what point should you get married?

With so many variables up in the air — careers, money, family circumstances and overall commitment — it can be overwhelming to even begin to answer that question.

So why not let math do it for you?

This book isn't strictly about marriage, but it does delve into the topic a bit.

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*Algorithms to Live By*, coauthored by cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths and journalist Brian Christian, has an intriguing theory on the perfect age for couples to get hitched.

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It comes down to the 37% rule.

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Let's break it down: with so many options to consider, Griffiths and Christian say the best time to make a decision is when you've examined 37% of the options that are on the table.

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There's rationale behind the 37% rule.

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Basically, if you take the time to examine 100% of your options, opportunity may have already passed you by. But at the 37% mark, you've got a good grasp of things without getting too into the weeds.

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So when should people get married?

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We're looking at people between 18 and 40 here, a span of 22 years. By applying the 37% rule, we can pin down the optimal age. If you're good at math, you already know the answer.

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The optimal age is...drum roll...26.

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Just after your 26th birthday, you'll be 37% of the way through your 18-to-40 window. That's the age, argue the authors, that it's best to get married.

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It makes some degree of sense.

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Getting hitched in your early 20s precludes you from other love interests in your mid-20s, but waiting until your 30s means that there are fewer fish in the sea, so to speak.

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A study almost aligns with this theory.

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According to research by a University of Utah sociologist, the best time to get married is between the ages of 28 and 32.

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For what it's worth, I got married at 29.

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It's pretty sweet, all things considered. But love is not a one-size-fits-all proposition — so while this theory is intriguing, don't feel like you need to stick to it!

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